at Culverden Stadium, Tunbridge Wells Cassidy's Phoenix FC -v- Crowborough Town FC
In beautiful weather, although perhaps a little warm for football, both teams gave their all to produce, for a good size crowd, a very entertaining cup final.
The writing was on the wall in the first few minutes, as both teams went close to finding their opponent's net. Then play settled down and two evenly matched sides began to play good football without threatening to open the scoring. Eventually, as might have been expected, it was a rare defensive error in the Cassidy's penalty area that enabled Rob Guile to steal the ball, round the keeper and stroke the ball into an empty net to give Crowborough the lead. With half time approaching, a Cassidy's free kick midway into the Town half was well flighted to the far post and bundled over the line by Alex Cooper to bring the scores level.
Half Time : Cassidy's Phoenix FC 1 - 1 Crowborough Town FC
An injury to Town's club captain, Darren Nicol, had meant a change in their defence but this wasn't the reason for the next goal. lt was just 14 seconds after the re-start (yes, fourteen seconds) when Cassidy's Ollie Muggeridge put a long ball into the Crowborough penalty area. It glanced off a centre-backs's head to loop over the keeper and roll gently into the net. Credited as an own goal. For the next ten minutes Crowborough really tested their opponents defence but they held firm until Luke Leppard broke down the right wing and cut into the penalty area. With the Cassidy's defender taking him wide, Leppard shot from an impossibly fine angle to beat the 'keeper at his near post and level the scores. With the temperature soaring both mangers made judicious use of their substitutes, but with chances at both ends neither side could find the winner. So the game went to extra time.
Full Time : Cassidy's Phoenix FC 2 - 2 Crowborough Town FC
Extra time saw both teams continuing to give everything until, after ten minutes, Town's 'dynamic duo' struck with Luke Leppard racing down the left wing to beat the defender and roll the ball across the area for Rob Guile to side-foot the ball into Cassidy's net. How many times this season have these two fashioned important goals for Crowborough ?
Extra Time - half time : Cassidy's Phoenix FC 2 - 3 Crowborough Town FC
Even with the managers continuing to use their substitutes and the roll-on/roll-off facility, the heat was taking its toll. Cassidy's couldn't be faulted for effort to get back on even terms, but Crowborough kept them at bay and held on to their lead. Then with two minutes of the game left Town, broke forward and once again it was Luke Leppard, giving his opponent a torrid time with his speed, he broke into the penalty area. A tackle from tired legs resulted in a penalty and the ball was handed to Town's penalty specialist Andy Pollard. He made no mistake in beating the Cassidy's keeper with a well struck shot into the top corner to give Town a two goal cushion. Even with a few minutes of added time for all the substitutions and despite Cassidy's last ditch efforts, Town held on to clinch the game.
Extra Time - full time : Cassidy's Phoenix FC 2 - 4 Crowborough Town FC
Our reporter said "One of best Cup finals I've seen for quite a while. A credit to both teams and the Match Officials.
|West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 6th May|
|West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 6th May
No games were played on 6th May
|1||Green Street Blues (C)||15||13||1||1||68||23||45||40|
|West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 6th May|
|1||St John's Yard||15||11||2||2||70||27||43||35|
|3||TW Ridgewaye #||16||8||4||4||53||32||21||25|
|5||Tonbridge Origin Reserves||13||7||1||5||37||30||7||22|
|6||Tonbridge United +||16||6||1||9||29||47||-18||22|
|7||East Grinstead Mavericks||16||4||1||11||18||64||-46||13|
|9||Paddock Wood Reserves||14||1||4||9||18||37||-19||7|
# three points deducted + three points awarded
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